Dance Base artistic director Morag Deyes talks us through her 2018 Fringe programme

Dance Base artistic director Morag Deyes talks us through her 2018 Fringe programme

The Spinners

Why you have to be excited concerning the exhibits coming to Edinburgh’s premiere dance studio within the phrases of its curator

As artistic director, Morag Deyes says ‘programming might be fairly magical’, however annually her Fringe lineup reaffirms Dance Base’s standing as the house of dance. Yr-round, Deyes is on a continuing quest to seek out out what’s occurring now within the worldwide dance scene, after which brings all of it again house to Edinburgh throughout August.

This yr’s programme is devoted to the reminiscence of Anna Krzystek who died tragically earlier this yr. As Deyes says: ‘Anna was utterly uncompromising in her work, and we need to have fun that in our programme.’

So right here, in her personal phrases, is why Deyes picked the 24 exhibits on supply at Dance Base this Fringe (no occasions held on Mondays until said).


‘That is by the good craftsperson of choreography, Liz Roche. She’s a complete unsung hero outdoors of Eire, till she involves Dance Base after which we see what she will do. WRoNGHEADED was made in the course of the build-up to the current abortion referendum in Eire – and now it is a celebration of the struggle, relatively than a commiseration. It is one thing Liz feels very keen about, and the title refers back to the wrongheaded logic of individuals being towards selection.’
WRoNGHEADED, Three–19 Aug (1.30pm).

4 Go Wild in Wellies

‘Youngsters begin laughing at this present earlier than anybody has even accomplished something, as a result of there are two tents on stage that begin shifting round of their very own accord, and youngsters love inanimate objects all of a sudden animating. Indepen-dance is Scotland’s solely full-time absolutely built-in dance firm in Scotland, and this can be a beautiful present, nice for the youngsters.’
4 Go Wild in Wellies, Three–26 Aug (2.10pm).

SOWhEreTO Africa

‘That is the unbelievable group of dancers from South Africa that I found performing out on the Grassmarket outdoors Dance Base about 4 years in the past, and that I put within the programme the next yr. It is the identical bunch – there may be some modifications to personnel however there will not be any modifications to power, I can guarantee you. I used to be leaping up and down within the workplace with pleasure once I came upon in Might that they are coming again, as a result of simply having them within the constructing is nice, by no means thoughts what they do on stage.’
SOWhEreTO Africa, Three–26 Aug (2.30pm).

It is Not Over But … & Easy methods to Survive the Future

‘Emma Jayne Park and Tess Letham are two unbiased Scottish dancers, and each of them have made work about younger ladies surviving, however in several methods.

Over the previous yr, Emma Jayne Park has gone through Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is nearly assured deadly – however she acquired through her remedy and has been given the all-clear. And through that point, she used to return into Dance Base and say “If I get through this, I’m never making a piece about cancer”. However she was telling her story to Charlotte Vincent, who directed the piece, and Charlotte satisfied Emma that in the event that they labored collectively it would not simply be about most cancers, and that it will be an exquisite collaboration – and it’s.

Tess’ piece begins out as if she’s on a seashore, mendacity there listening to a rest tape – however it’s making her really feel much more uptight, as a result of she should chill out. So there’s one thing right here about how individuals react to troublesome conditions, and the way being advised “it’s OK, just relax” is not all the time what you must hear.’
It is Not Over But … & The way to Survive the Future, Three–12 Aug (Three.20pm).

Stick by Me

‘I am keen on Andy Manley, he is so charismatic and an exquisite youngsters’s performer who’s utterly unpatronising. This present has lots of perk, and plenty of ‘ahh’ moments, so I am wanting ahead to him warming the hearts of our viewers.’
Stick by Me, Three–26 Aug (12.30pm).

Dance Base artistic director Morag Deyes elaborates on her Fringe programme choices

Stick by Me / credit score: Mihaela Bodlovic


‘Ramesh Meyyappan has a incapacity that is invisible, in that he is utterly deaf. So a number of the work he does makes use of little bits of British Signal Language, however you would not know that until you learn BSL. And on this present, each morning he will get up, places on his go well with and goes out to work – till someday he comes again, opens a letter and begins to unravel and turn into off-kilter. His entire world begins to soften, the bookcase begins shifting, objects begin to slide and all the things goes a bit peculiar. So there a bit of bits of magic all through it.’
Off-Kilter, Three–26 Aug (Three.30pm).

The Spinners

‘I went to the opposite aspect of the planet to observe this, and it is superb. It is a co-production between Scotland’s Al Seed and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani. The choreography could be very a lot based mostly on the type of Australian Dance Theatre, who Lina used to bop with, which could be very full-on, quick and highly effective – after which it is obtained Al Seed’s fantastic weirdness on prime of it. It is about weaving, in order that they do lots of issues with knitting needles that is actually quick, and appears so harmful.’
The Spinners, Three-19 Aug (four.45pm).

Taiwan Season: Bon four Bon

‘These 4 guys are brothers, and include totally different layers of dance expertise – some are from a B-Boy background, some are absolutely educated in modern dance, however all of them grew up collectively so know one another rather well. And the tales they weave into this piece are all true, it is a shared historical past about these boys. However it’s not remotely sentimental, it is simply actually pretty.’
Taiwan Season: Bon four Bon, Three–26 Aug (5pm).

Beginning Now: Youth Showcase

‘It is the Yr of Younger Individuals in Scotland, so we have got 4 incredible youth corporations from Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. Daybreak Hartley works with Scottish Dance Theatre’s T.I.M group, and she or he all the time brings out one of the best in individuals. Lothian Youth Dance Firm are based mostly at Dance Base, so in fact we love them. I am so delighted that we have got an organization from the Highlands, Fusion Youth Dance Firm – and Mini Jackers are incredible, and tremendous well-schooled by Ashley Jack.’
Beginning Now: Youth Showcase, Three–eight Aug (6pm).

That is the Title

‘Every so often, I’m going to an enormous Nordic dance pageant referred to as Ice Scorching – and it is full of those large corporations with massive budgets. However the perfect factor I noticed at that pageant three years in the past, was this unimaginable solo by Ima Iduozee. It was his commencement solo, and since then he is been in demand by a lot of individuals – so not solely was I afraid that he would not be out there, however that he can be over this solo by now as a result of it is 4 years previous. However he needs to do it, so we’re blessed to have Ima within the programme. Some individuals simply dance with each cell of their physique, and he is one in every of them.’
That is the Title, Three–19 Aug (7.30pm).

Dance Base artistic director Morag Deyes elaborates on her Fringe programme choices

That is the Title / credit score: Petra Hellberg

Taiwan Season: Varhung – Coronary heart to Coronary heart

‘This has received a very Shamanistic, virtually *Ceremony of Spring* really feel to it. I keep in mind watching it and considering “when are they going to fall over?” – as a result of there’s simply this unimaginable, relentless build up of power all the best way through. And a part of the piece itself is to do together with your coronary heart pulling you ahead through the dance, on this very Shamanic type of means.’
Taiwan Season: Varhung – Coronary heart to Coronary heart, Three–26 (6.15pm).


‘That is by a gaggle referred to as Pink Mama – and no one is aware of something about them besides me and some different individuals. And the rationale I find out about them, is likely one of the members, Charlotte McLean took half in our Dancers Rising Bursaries Scheme. She referred to as me at some point and stated “I’ve just joined this company, one of the dancers is Polish, one’s Australian and one’s Romanian, we’re based in Belgium but we meet in London, it’s a bit mad but please watch us.” So I did, they usually’re completely unimaginable, so recent and fascinating. It is fascinating that their piece is about migration, as a result of they maintain assembly up in plenty of totally different locations.’
Jungle, Three–19 Aug (7.45pm).


‘I feel this may be the primary full-length ballet by knowledgeable ballet firm on the Fringe, or definitely for a very long time. I really like ballet, and there is one thing concerning the muscularity of it being seen up-close that is actually particular. *Giselle* is a tremendous story, it is so full, lush, bizarre and gothic, it is certainly one of my favorite ballets – so I am delighted to have Ballet Eire right here performing it.’
Giselle, Three–19 Aug (eight.45pm).

Heads Up

‘Heads Up is a part of our programme yearly, so for those who’ve seen it earlier than you will know that it is a full smorgasbord of thrilling new work by individuals we expect Fringe audiences will love.’
Heads Up, 10 & 11 Aug (12.45pm).


‘That is occurring on the Metropolis Chambers, they usually’re solely doing a couple of performances as a result of it is very, very robust on the physique, they do not relent for one second. There’s a lot of repetitive motion, like a loom, after which abruptly within the center, simply as you’d discover in any weave, a unique sample emerges. So a single dancer will do her solo, whereas the opposite dancers – like a machine – are dancing within the background. They transfer across the viewers, so it is like being inside a loom, and also you’re listening to the rhythm of the dancers on both aspect of you. I feel it’s kind of of a basic.’
Brocade, 13–17 Aug (9pm).

Folding Echoes

‘Joseph Lee Wai-Nang is an rising choreographer from Hong Kong whose work echoes the questioning method that folks take a look at modern dance. So there are a whole lot of interactive moments with the viewers, he welcomes everybody in as you arrive, and all of it appears very charming – however then slowly it begins to vary into one thing else. Joseph’s first diploma was in accounting, and now he is learning dance at The Place in London, so his choreography is a bit totally different from the native dance scene in Hong Kong – he sees issues in a different way.’
Folding Echoes, 14–26 Aug (6pm).


‘I feel anybody who noticed faucet dance group Previous Kent Street at Dance Base throughout final yr’s Fringe will keep in mind them, as a result of they’re superb. Avalon, the director of the corporate who did probably the most outrageous solo of their final present, went to Los Angeles and paired up with a dancer there and needed to do one thing extra sassy, with digital music. In order that they’ve created this present, half in LA, half in London. I simply love them.’
OSCiLLATE, 15–26 Aug (Three.20pm).

Dance Base artistic director Morag Deyes elaborates on her Fringe programme choices

OSCiLLATE / credit score: Nicola Gell

Atomic 3001

‘I noticed Leslie Mannès at a showcase in Belgium, and there have been plenty of fabulous corporations with massive finances exhibits, however this solo was the perfect factor there. Both aspect of her are large audio system, so chances are you’ll need to deliver ear plugs as a result of the music could be very loud. She does this very repetitive motion, however there’s one thing about her physicality that is finishing riveting, she’s acquired such presence. Midway through, one thing occurs – however I can not say what it’s, as it might spoil it.’
Atomic 3001, 21–26 Aug (four.45pm).

Sunshine Boy

‘Once I was in Australia seeing *The Spinners*, I went to see Andy Howitt – former director of YDance and Metropolis Strikes and now based mostly in Australia – as a result of he informed me he’d made a solo about Leigh Bowery. Sunshine is the identify of the village Leigh was born in, simply outdoors Melbourne – and he was an enormous man, butch and bushy however with platform footwear and make-up, the one homosexual within the village. I am amazed that Andy has chosen to return again to Scotland sporting lippy for this present. It is compelling to observe, and there are moments of full chic theatre.’
Sunshine Boy, 21–26 Aug (7.15pm).

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

‘Shane Shambhu is a really intelligent man, and on this present – which is barely controversial however very humorous – he is taking a look at the way you adapt into dance in the event you’re a South East Asian boy in Britain. And if you wish to be a up to date dancer it isn’t fairly really easy, as a result of individuals hold wanting you to bop in a sure means. It is a very joke, totally autobiographical, a few younger Asian boy rising up as a cockney.’
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, 22–26 Aug (7.45pm).

Flamenco: Up Shut

‘I am so completely happy we have got this firm within the programme. Adela Ramos has a flamenco firm in Seville however she lives in Edinburgh. She works with Charo Cala, who’s superb and a dancer referred to as El Petete, who was raised on the streets outdoors Seville, so his type of flamenco is absolutely earthy and somewhat bit tough spherical the sides – there’s one thing extremely lovely about it. And you will be watching it up shut, which is strictly how flamenco is supposed to be seen.’
Flamenco: Up Shut, 23–26 Aug (9.15pm).

Within the Making: (iii)

‘We’re placing over ten performers in a room collectively and we do not know what they are going to do – and that is the purpose. They’re all massively skilled individuals, they usually’ll get into that area and do regardless of the hell they like. They will plan the landmarks of the efficiency however that is all – and the best way modern dancers work now, they may give one another a glance or increase an eyebrow they usually’ll know precisely what is going on to return subsequent. The viewers can dip out and in of it.’
Within the Making: (iii), Mon 13 Aug (4pm) Mon 20 Aug (2pm & 4pm)

Messages Deleted

‘This present can be just like Within the Making: (iii) – however it will not be choreographed as such, will probably be dance theatre. I feel Ian Spink is a genius, and but he hides away – so I pestered him to do one thing for us, and we got here up with this. He is pulled collectively a gaggle of individuals, and he will make one thing occur.’
Messages Deleted, Sat 18 Aug, 8pm

Bonnie and her Splashmob

‘The Glasgow Video games are occurring, and this present was imagined to happen in a public swimming pool – with everybody swimming round, after which abruptly this synchronised show begins, which I assumed it will be hilarious. However we’re not allowed to try this now, resulting from well being and security, so we have determined to do a synchronised swimming/Busby Berkeley-style quantity outdoors the Commonwealth Pool, within the Grassmarket and on Portobello esplanade. Will probably be members of Prime, Lothian Youth Dance Firm and different dancers we will pull into it. However we’re operating out of fabulous bathing caps, so if anyone has any to spare …’
Bonnie and her Splashmob, 6–11 Aug